Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Modern-day Fairy Tales

Check out the work by Vancouver photographer, Dina Goldstein.

From Goldstein:

The project was inspired by my observation of three-year-old girls, who were developing an interest in Disney's Fairy tales. As a new mother I have been able to get a close up look at the phenomenon of young girls fascinated with Princesses and their desire to dress up like them. The Disney versions almost always have a sad beginning, with an overbearing female villain, and the end is predictably a happy one. The Prince usually saves the day and makes the victimized young beauty into a Princess.

I have never been a fan of Disney. I've certainly never understood the fascination with passive women always needing to be saved. Disney constantly promotes ageism, racism and sexism (Don't believe me? Check out Mickey Mouse Monopoly) and I appreciate the fact that Goldstein has found a smart, creative way to combat useless stereotypes.

See the rest of the series and more on her website.

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